Police in Jacksonville, Florida, are investigating the death of Louis Nix III a former NFL and Notre Dame football star who had been reported missing last week by his family.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office issued a cryptic news release about 8 p.m. Saturday announcing that officers had located Nix. However, the Sheriff’s Office provided no information about his condition or where he had been found and did not respond to a request for clarity.
The announcement came as Sheriff’s Office divers and crime-scene investigators recovered a car from a retention pond outside Nix’s apartment complex. It matched the description of a Hyundai Azera sedan that Nix was believed to have been driving after visiting his father Tuesday.
The mother of the 29-year-old former New York Giants defensive lineman has confirmed that her son had been found dead, reported First Coast News, the Florida Times-Union’s news partner.
His family said Nix was found inside his car that had been pulled from the retention pond, according to First Coast News.
Nix was reported missing Wednesday. The Sheriff’s Office issued an advisory Saturday saying it was attempting to locate Nix to ascertain his safety.
His death comes nearly three months after he survived being shot in the chest during a Dec. 8 robbery outside a gas station, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
He posted a live video that went viral on Twitter and Instagram as a rescue unit took him to a hospital, saying “I just got shot and robbed while I was putting air in my tires.”
“If I do not make it, I really love everybody,” he said. “I can’t contact nobody right now.”
Nix said two young men approached him at the air pump and one put a flashlight in his face demanding money, according to the incident report. Nix said he pushed him back and was shot.
No arrests have been reported.
Nix helped Notre Dame reach the national championship game in the 2012 season. He was chosen in 2014 by the Houston Texans in the third round but injuries curtailed his football career in 2017.